Foster

The SPCA Canterbury foster programme aims to increase the number of animals we have available for adoption. Every animal that goes into foster care is given a second chance at life. Your work as a 'foster parent' really can 'save lives'!

Throughout the year, SPCA Canterbury need temporary homes for animals to recover from illness or injury before they can be adopted. You can help save the life of an animal by becoming an SPCA foster parent today.

Many of the animals that come into SPCA Canterbury need additional care, treatment and socialisation before finding their new forever home. Our volunteer foster parents provide a temporary home for these animals and help them to recover from surgery, give them medicine for an illness, or work with them to improve their behaviour. 

We need foster parents to provide temporary homes for cats, dogs, rabbits, and farm animals year-round. Our greatest need for cat fosterers is during the busy summer months.

Why foster an animal?
  • If you can only open your home on a temporary basis, fostering an animal is a great way to rescue an animal in need
  • Every animal that you foster is given a second chance at life – and the more you foster, the more lives you can help save
  • All SPCA foster parents receive ongoing support from our foster department.
  • We supply all food, bedding, toys and everything else to help the animals have a comfortable stay in your home.
What you need to help:
  • Time – on average an animal will be staying with you between 3 – 6 weeks but this can differ depending on the animal you foster
  • Spare room (required for cats but also useful for dogs) – a safe and secure space away from other animals which could be a spare room, bathroom or laundry.
  • Care – most animals will require medication throughout their stay (training on how to medicate an animal is provided)
  • Transport – you will need your own transport to bring foster animals to and from the SPCA Canterbury – some animals might need more than one visit (this is not required for large farm animals as we can help with transport to the foster home)
  • Availability for vet appointments – you will need to be able to bring the foster animal to vet appointments on Tuesday or Friday morning
  • Your love and patience

Special notes for farm animal foster parents:

  • Our farm animal foster parents should have experience with the type of farm animal they would like to foster. All farm foster animals will need socialisation but only some require you to be home during the day for tasks such as bottle feeding.
 What does fostering involve?

Every animal has different needs, but a typical foster experience might include: 

  • Filling out our application form and a quick follow-up phone interview with our foster team
  • Property check by one of our Foster Team.
  • Pick up your foster animal and required supplies. We’ll give you food, bedding, toys, medicine and anything else it needs – some animals may also need a follow-up vet appointment
  • Give your foster animal your love, care and patience and introduce them to a real home life experience, rules and boundaries
  • Return the animal back to SPCA Canterbury when it has recovered
  • Complete daily monitoring records 
If you think you can help...

If you can help give an animal a second chance at life, apply now!

For felines and puppies please complete this form

For livestock and equine please complete this form.

For dog fostering please email Rowena for information about our next foster induction evening. 

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